From the youngest soul to the sage advisor, universal stories of love, kindness, acceptance and compassion transcend age. In this time of change, we at Bad Penny Factory would like to share the words of these wonderful authors by providing you with a free copy of the book of your choice. Simply complete the book order form below and we will mail a free copy to your home.

As we continue to listen and learn with our own families in an effort to grow as human beings, we hope one of these books will touch your heart in the way they’ve moved ours. And, while our selection was picked for the littlest hearts, all ages are welcome. All books have been donated by Bad Penny Factory Team Members and we will continue to ship free copies to homes throughout the USA while supplies last.

From our families to yours in love and grace.

Stories We Love

Your Name Is a Song

Written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Illustrated by Luisa Uribe

Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl’s mother teaches her about the musicality of her name and others on their lyrical walk home through the city. Your Name is a Song is a celebration to remind all of us about the beauty, history, and magic behind names.


Written by Lupita Nyong’o
Illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

Veterans Families United Foundation

The Day You Begin

Written by Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by Rafael López

It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael Lopez’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

Veterans Families United Foundation (VFU) has generously restocked our shelves and is the sponsor behind this round of free children’s books. In addition to our selected titles available for order, VFU members have chosen The Day You Begin for its sweet message of courage and connection. VFU is an all-volunteer organization that provides healing resources for Veterans and Their Loved Ones.

Strictly No Elephants

Written by Lisa Mantchev
Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

When the local Pet Club won’t admit a boy’s tiny pet elephant, he finds a solution—one that involves all kinds of unusual animals in this sweet and adorable picture book. Imaginative and lyrical, this sweet story captures the magic of friendship and the importance of inclusion.

Listening With My Heart

Written by Gabi Garcia
Illustrated by Ying Hui Tan

When Esperanza finds a heart-shaped rock, she sees it as a reminder to spread kindness and love in the world. But when the school play doesn’t go the way she’d imagined, will she remember to give it to herself? Listening with My Heart is a beautifully illustrated book that touches on the universal themes of kindness, empathy and self-compassion.

Our Promise

There are no strings attached. This is our gift to you. We will not spam you.


  • Order your book. Read your book. Embrace the message. Share the story with others. And, when ready, gift the book to someone new.


  • This book gifting project is privately funded so our copies are limited. If you would like to talk to us about sponsoring a children’s book, whether it’s 20 copies or 200 copies, please let us know. Just be aware that Bad Penny Factory is not a 501(c) nonprofit nor do we have any plans at this time of creating a nonprofit organization – we’re just a small group of folks looking to spread a little love.

Choose Your Story

Please complete this order form to get your free copy of your chosen book. These stories touch all ages so whether you’re ordering for your child or yourself, it’s of no matter to us. Free books are limited to one selection per person, per household and are on a first come, first served basis. We will continue shipping books to homes until supplies run out. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Our request form is now closed. All our free books are spoken for and headed to their new homes!

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